The movie

I Am the River, the River Is Me

A documentary about how indigenous wisdom has become more urgent than ever as we must confront the climate crisis of our planet.

Length: 88 min
Country: Nederland, Nieuw-Zeeland, Noorwegen
Language spoken: Engels, Maori
Language subtitles: Nederlands
Cast: Nederland, Noorwegen, Nieuw-Zeeland
Director: Petr Lom
Release date: 23/05/2024


Māori tribal leader Ned Tapa takes a group of friends and family on a breathtaking canoe trip down the Whanganui River in Aotearoa, as the Māori call New Zealand. The Whanganui is the first river to be recognized as a legal person. Together, this diverse group of people embraces the spirit of the river and tries to find what is needed to save the planet.

The Whanganui River in Aotearoa/New Zealand is the first river in the world to be recognized by law as a legal person, and as a living and indivisible being. The Māori fought for these rights for over 150 years. Māori river guardian Ned Tapa takes a group of friends, family and activists on a 5-day canoe trip down this sacred river. Joining them are a First Nations Elder from Australia and his daughter, who are activists dedicated to save their own dying river back home, an Australian artist and an international film crew.